Monday, April 10, 2006

One Of The Reasons Why I Will Miss The West Wing

"Anyway, after we go out and work our hearts out, after you go out and helps us turn out the vote, after we've convinced the good Americans to vote, and while they're at it, pull that old George W. lever, if I'm the one, when I put my hand on the Bible, that day when they swear us in, when I put my hand on the bible, I will swear to up hold the laws of the land."

-George W. Bush
Toledo, Ohio, October 27, 2000

I don't know...things in America are just sad right now. I suppose, given how I feel about George Bush, and his administration, you would think I would practically be doing back flips of joy at how terrible things seem to be going for the White House. Not true. I feel a lot of things, but joy isn't one of them. I guess, more then anything I feel...sad. Forget party lines, I want to know how an American could have done the things Bush has done, let alone our Commander-in-Chief. Sigh.

This past weekend, Senator Arlen Specter, (R) Pennsylvania, called on President Bush and Vice President Cheney to explain their roles in the CIA leak case. "I think it is necessary for the president and the vice president to tell the American people exactly what happened." I would like to know that myself. The fact that both Bush and Cheney have been silent regarding this issue since the news broke on Friday, that Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I "Scooter" Libby had testified, under oath, that he was given permission from both Bush and Cheney to leak information to the press. It is all a very thin line. The president has the authority to disclose information, so the act of disclosing this information is not illegal, but why did he choose to disclose information which had been proven to be unreliable before we ever went to war with Iraq?

I think at this point I have to wonder, what could have possibly been so important to Bush, that he was willing to engage the United States in a war based on lies? Helen Thomas, asked the president, just a couple weeks ago, "what was the real reason was we invaded Iraq?" he didn't answer the question then, and he probably won't anytime soon either. If he does tell us the REAL reason we invaded Iraq, I will update this entry, but it will have to be more then the same old double talk about what a fine thing democracy is. It is pretty clear that there is a much deeper reason hidden in the shadows. You know it's so we have a president who claims to be Christian. He sure likes to spout family values this, and family values that.

"It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It's not only life of babies, but it's life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet."
-George W. Bush
Arlington Heights, Illinois, October 24, 2000

Life is important. Sigh. Our military is dying everyday in Iraq, fighting for a lie. I think at this point, in that the gig is up, we need to demand we be told the truth. Imagine what it would be like if every single person, great and small all sat down and wrote the president a letter, and we all mailed it on the same day. Just a simple question written on a plain white piece of paper. Something like...

"What is the REAL reason we invaded Iraq?"

If you are a republican, and you give our president your full support, no big deal, that question isn't harmful in any way. If you are a republican who may be starting to wonder why you voted for President Bush, it's an honest question. If you are a democrat, and you saw the war in Iraq as a lie from the very beginning, again, all you want is to know why we are in Iraq. If you are undecided...don't know what to think, then who needs answers more then you? It was apparent that even members of his own party want some answers, and they are getting impatient waiting. I sure thought Bush or Cheney or both might answer those questions this weekend, but alas, the weekend is gone now...and all we hear is the sound of silence coming from the White House regarding this issue, but boy they sure are doing a lot of talk, regarding a military strike against Iran.

What will I miss most about the West Wing? I suppose the hope it gave me. So many times, after watching an episode, I have gone to bed clicking my heels together, wishing, "If only Bartlett were really the president, if only Bartlett were really the president." But it wasn't to be. No, I woke up to Bush, saying something stupid...

"My administration has been calling upon all the leaders in the , in the Middle East to do everything they can to stop the violence, to tell the different parties involved that peace will never happen."
-George W. Bush
Crawford Texas, August 13, 2001 (Interesting Date)

And then there was the nice thought that not all republicans are liars, war mongers, sexual preditors, leakers of classifed information, petty thieves, imcompetent, oblivious, mean-spirited, dangerous , mean-spirited again, or Tom DeLay. Why can't all republicans be like Arnold Vinick? Show me a republican I would vote for, and I will show you a West Wing character! ;) Somehow, I think Bartlett or Vinick would have found Bin Laden by now. Sigh.


Update: "Bush Says He Declassified Pre-war Intel"


Peter Matthes said...

Right on!

I'm with you Carly!

DesLily said...

remembering that i am in no way political.. i don't follow politics and i don't read politics.. around the people that surround me, all i ever hear is that "Bush started the war to finish what his father had wanted to do"..
I'm glad Sadam was caught.. don't get me wrong. However, WE had to fight our own civil war.. let them do the same, and get the heck out of there..

oh.. and I'm SURE anyone on West Wing would long ago have caught Bin Laden.. heh..

Charley said...

I'm a democrat that is conservative on personal issues, but liberal on social issues.

In that sense, this war drives me nuts. I can't stand the people that CHOOSE TO BE IGNORANT about the LIES that have been told to them FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS.

It reminds me of Germany in the 1930s...people will believe a big lie more than they will a little one.


Jessica said...

leakers of classified information
bribe taking
sexual nincompoop liars
murderers (scuse me, i mean suspected murderers)
male prosititute customers
child rapist
child sex abuser
and adulterers
, are horrible aren’t they?? **Soft smile**

Carly said...

Good point. I don't think I meant to imply that democrats are perfect, but it does seem this republican White House has a lot more egregious members then previous republican administrations. Such as the Reagan administration as an example. :) And my other point was I could see myself voting for a candidate I could believe in...despite the party. The character on the West Wing seemed to be an honest man who loved his country. You don't see that very often any more...from either side.